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Sheldon Richardson | Defensive Lineman | #93

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 295
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (13) / NYJ
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Vikings signed DT Sheldon Richardson, formerly of the Seahawks, to a one-year contract.
Obviously this is a huge get for the Vikings, who already made a splash by signing Kirk Cousins to a three-year deal earlier this week. Richardson was phenomenal last year in his lone season with Seattle, taking home PFF's No. 10 pass-rushing grade among defensive tackles. The Seahawks wanted him back but the allure of joining a legitimate Super Bowl contender in Minnesota was too much to overcome. With Richardson off to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Seahawks will turn their attention to ex-Vikings DT Tom Johnson, who is slated for a visit next week. Mar 16 - 4:06 PM

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Free agent DT Sheldon Richardson is continuing his visit with the Vikings on Friday.

The Vikings are putting the press on him; Richardson met with GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer when he arrived in town Thursday, and he's expected back at the facility today to meet others in the organization. After signing Kirk Cousins, Richardson would be another home run signing and cement the Vikings atop the NFC along with the Eagles. Richardson is reportedly looking for $15 million per year, but no team has been willing to offer it at this point.
Mar 16 - 9:17 AM

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Seahawks have offered free agent DT Sheldon Richardson a deal worth $11 million annually.

Richardson is aiming for $15 million a year, so the sides obviously have significant ground to make up. The 27-year-old is meeting with Vikings brass on Thursday, though it's unclear how much Minnesota is willing to spend after investing $84 million in Kirk Cousins. The former Defensive Rookie of the Year impressed last season, earning PFF's No. 21 grade among 79 qualifiers at defensive tackle.
Mar 15 - 1:19 PM

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Vikings have "inquired about" free agent DT Sheldon Richardson.

Pelissero's colleague at NFL Network, Ian Rapoport, said the "assumption has been" that Richardson will return to Seattle, though it sounds like the Vikings have at least some interest. The 27-year-old enjoyed another productive season in 2017, earning PFF's No. 10 pass-rushing grade among defensive tackles. Richardson would be a great fit in Minnesota but the Vikings may be reluctant to get into a bidding war for him after going all-in on Kirk Cousins.
Mar 14 - 4:03 PM

Seahawks GM John Schneider said "at this point" the team doesn't plan to use the franchise tag on impending free agent DT Sheldon Richardson.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the same last week. Schneider said the Seahawks want Richardson back, but it doesn't sound like they're interested in tying up over $14 million in cap space on the tag. Richardson is still just 27 and remains one of the better interior linemen in the league.
Mar 2 - 11:36 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks are unlikely to use the franchise tag on free agent DL Sheldon Richardson.

Per Rapsheet, the 'Hawks "want to keep" Richardson, but apparently not at the roughly $14.5 million it would cost under the tag. GM John Schneider could gamble that Richardson's market will be depressed thanks to his ever-present character concerns. Richardson tallied only one sack in 2017 but mostly played up to his standards.
Feb 22 - 1:46 PM

Impending free agent DL Sheldon Richardson expects to return to the Seahawks.

Coach Pete Carroll also expressed a desire to bring Richardson back during his season-ending press conference. "I definitely expect to be back here," Richardson said. "They haven’t threw out a number or nothing but they said they wanted me back so that’s a plus in my book." Richardson only recorded one sack his first year with the Seahawks, but he was a disruptive pass rusher and solid against the run.
Jan 4 - 10:03 AM

According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, the Jets and contract-year DL Sheldon Richardson are interested in a reunion.

The Jets got rid of the wrong lineman, choosing Muhammad Wilkerson over Richardson, and they now have a chance to right that wrong in the offseason. Wilkerson is a lock to be cut, and Richardson will be a free agent who reportedly never wanted to leave New York in the first place. The Jets got Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-rounder from Seattle for Richardson back in September. It could be a huge win on all fronts for GM Mike Maccagnan. Richardson has just one sack for Seattle but has been a force when on the field.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Seahawks acquired DE Sheldon Richardson from the Jets in exchange for Jermaine Kearse and 2018 second-round pick.

The teams are also swapping seventh-round picks. It is quite a deal for Seattle, who unloads an overpaid receiver plus a pick for one of the more talented defensive linemen in the league. Richardson will join a front seven which already contains Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, K.J. Wright, Frank Clark, and more. With Richardson owed just over $8 million in the final year of his deal, Seattle may look to work out an extension.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 03:06:00 PM

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson said teams wanted him to take a pay cut as part of a trade.

The Jets have been trying to move Richardson for seemingly ever. He has drawn interest, but it seems like his $8.1 million salary is a point of contention. "There was one team that asked me to take a pay cut ... and it was Seattle. And Washington too," Richardson said. "There were a lot of offers. A lot of good offers. You’d be surprised." The Jets are reportedly still looking to trade Richardson, but there does not seem to be much optimism something will get done.
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 12:10:00 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes reports the Jets are "still looking to trade" Sheldon Richardson.

As they undoubtedly will until the trade deadline, but it is not a given they will be able to find a buyer. ESPN's Rich Cimini reported there was "nothing cooking" in trade talks in early June. Richardson is owed $8.1 million in the final year of his deal.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 10:16:00 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports there's "nothing cooking on the Sheldon Richardson trade front."

The rebuilding Jets have been shopping Richardson for months and even got a few nibbles from the Cowboys and Redskins during the draft, but it looks like trade discussions have quieted in recent weeks. At this point, New York's best option would probably be for Richardson to play well early in the year to increase his value leading up to the trade deadline.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 09:14:00 AM

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets are still shopping DE Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets had discussions with the Cowboys and Redskins during the draft but both teams balked at having to pay Richardson's fully guaranteed $8.1 million salary. Per Mehta, the Jets have lowered their asking price and will continue to entertain trade offers for Richardson as he enters his walk year. Mehta is hearing there's a "50-50" chance he'll be dealt this summer.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 07:13:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have been "making calls" regarding a potential Sheldon Richardson trade.

The Jets are making a last-ditch effort to move Richardson, a player they've been unsuccessfully shopping all offseason. Richardson is a one-time Pro Bowler and a former Rookie of the Year but teams have been hesitant to give up a pick for him as he enters his walk year. This weekend might be the Jets' last chance to trade him.
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson attended voluntary workouts last week.

He missed the first day but was present for the rest of the week. Richardson has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, which fueled speculation that he might not show up for OTAs. ESPN's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to give up on shopping Richardson if they can't find a trade partner by Saturday. As a pricy rental coming off a down year, Richardson is likely staying put.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 10:18:00 AM

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PosRoleName
DE1Everson Griffen
2Danielle Hunter
3Brian Robison
4Stephen Weatherly
5Ade Aruna
DT1Linval Joseph
2Sheldon Richardson
3Jaleel Johnson
4Jalyn Holmes
5Dylan Bradley
6David Parry
MLB1Eric Kendricks
2Kentrell Brothers
3Devante Downs
WLB1Ben Gedeon
2Shaan Washington
3Reshard Cliett
SLB1Anthony Barr
2Antwione Williams
3Eric Wilson
CB1Xavier Rhodes
2Trae Waynes
3Mike Hughes
4Mackensie Alexander
5Terence Newman
FS1Andrew Sendejo
2Anthony Harris
SS1Harrison Smith
2Jayron Kearse
3Jack Tocho
P1Ryan Quigley